Portland startup helps track online sales


Portland web developer Koes Bong created Salemarked, a web program that tracks retail items to alert customers when they go on sale.

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Portland web developer Koes Bong created Salemarked, a web program that tracks retail items to alert customers when they go on sale.

Months later, his side project has gained national attention and built a base of 1,500 users, all on a $32 monthly budget to cover Web-hosting fees. 

“We have no funding,” said Bong, who works full time from his Portland home as a Web developer for a San Francisco firm. “We’re a bootstrap company.”

And there’s no better place to launch a Website on a whim than Portland, he said. He’s turned to Scott Kveton, the CEO of mobile software developer Urban Airship, and Rick Turoczy, the general manager of the Portland Incubator Experiment, for advice, and both have been happy to help.

“I can’t imagine being able to do that in San Francisco,” Bong said. “It cements my belief that Portland has such a great tech community.”

Read more about Salemarked at OregonLive.com.

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